Mo Gawdat’s Happiness Equation

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Happiness follows a mathematical equation, says Mo Gawdat, former Chief Business Officer at Google X. If you dig deeper into every time you felt really happy, you’ll find the happiness you feel is the result of a match between what is happening at the time and what your expectations are. Mo explains how […]

Bringing our authentic selves to work, Asif Sadiq

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Asif Sadiq has had a long career working in business to make companies more diverse and inclusive. After a year of remote working, he believes that companies which have embraced change are more ready to adapt to new challenges. Asif says he’s learnt more about colleagues’ lives during the past year, and thinks this process […]

Master your meaning, Jon Duschinsky

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“What is purpose?” asks social innovator Jon Duschinsky. It’s not only the thing that “lights us up”; it’s also the determination to do something about it. We have got really good at believing things have to be a certain way, but when you strip all those assumptions away, it’s scary. “But that’s the journey we […]

Employee Engagement Coach, Paul Krismer

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Author Paul Krismer teaches people how to be happy. We remember our experiences with fear, grief and panic because they make a big impact on us, and our brain uses them as learning experiences. If we work to create more impact around our positive experiences, our brain will recall them more readily. Paul says: “Look […]

Former Head of Happiness at Coca-Cola, Silvia Garcia

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How much of our happiness comes from genetics and how much from circumstance? Silvia Garcia, former president of Coca-Cola’s Happiness Institute, says research tells us it’s around 50% from our genetics, 30-40% from things that we do, and around 10% from things that happen to us (and the happiness from the 10% is more temporary). […]

World’s most influential Happiness Researcher, Meik Wiking

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Meik Wiking, CEO of The Happiness Institute, explores what makes us happy. “It’s about having a sense of connection, a sense of purpose, and exploring positive emotions on a daily basis,” he says. During the pandemic, our sense of connection has suffered, he says, which impacts our daily mood, overall life satisfaction and the meaning […]

Happiness life coach, Susanna Newsonen

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Susanna Newsonen is a life coach – the Happyologist. Although Susanna says she was originally a natural pessimist, she has studied positive psychology and tries to look for happiness. Susanna believes that we can also learn to be more happy – mindfulness and gratitude can help. Being happy doesn’t mean ignoring reality or negative emotions, […]

Mindful Leadership Expert, Pandit Dasa

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Pandit Dasa, the child of Indian immigrants, grew up in America. He joined a monastery in 1999, hoping to find clarity and purpose in a simpler life. He spent 15 years living as a monk in New York, before deciding he wanted to leave the monastic order to take his teachings into the corporate world […]

Re-evaluate your purpose

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Success coach Nicolina Werther suggests this is a really good time to re-evaluate what gives us meaning and purpose, considering our lives have changed significantly in 2020. “While the world may be slowly getting back to ‘normal’, you may have changed significantly as a result of the pandemic,” she says. “We need meaning […]

Stress Coach, Anna Percy-Davis

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Anna Percy-Davis is a career coach and mentor who advises her clients to seek more genuine, authentic versions of themselves in the workplace. Although she says we can’t wave a magic wand to sort everything out, we can tweak our perceptions and our behaviour gradually. Anna says self-care is vital, as is finding people who […]

All in the Mind presenter on Radio 4, Claudia Hammond

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Claudia Hammond’s new book, The Art of Rest, looks at how we can learn to rest better and use rest to recharge ourselves more effectively. As an author, broadcaster and psychology lecturer, Claudia is undoubtedly a busy person. She’s learnt that taking breaks to do something you enjoy, such as gardening in her case, can […]

From university dropout to inspiration

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Izzy Radford In November 2018, I dropped out of University after six weeks. I aim to help young people at highly academic schools realise that going straight to university isn’t the only option. I want to encourage people to think critically and evaluate their options rather than just following the crowd, and how to navigate the real world […]

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